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CHS girls soccer team makes history by claiming its first-ever conference title
The members of Ceres Highs varsity girls soccer program were all smiles following Thursdays 2-0 win over Livingston. The Bulldogs made history this season by placing first in the WAC standings. Ceres High compiled a 9-1-2 record. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls soccer program captured its first-ever conference title with a 2-0 win over Livingston on Thursday at Bulldog Stadium.

"The school doesn't always give us the credit we deserve," fourth-year player Angelica Slater said. "Now, they can't take that away from us."

The top three teams in the Western Athletic Conference qualified for the playoffs, including Ceres High (9-1-2, 29 points), Livingston (8-3-1, 25 points) and Central Valley (8-3-1, 25 points).

"From the start, I had a feeling it was going to be a great year," Slater said. "It's crazy. We're a part of history. It just feels great."

Added Bulldogs head coach Miguel Saldate: "We worked very hard."

Ceres High lost 1-0 at Livingston on March 30.

The Bulldogs dominated the rematch.

"To be honest, I thought it would be a little harder," Saldate said. "The girls played awesome today. Livingston had to win. They opened up and didn't have as many defenders."

Ceres High built a 2-0 lead in the opening half.

Freshman Miranda Wilds scored from close-range in the second minute.

Dominique Koeurn finished from 15 yards out in the 10th minute.

Angelmarie Coral tallied three saves.

"We were confident going into the game," said Slater, a standout defender. "I know my team. I knew we'd pull it out. We were so motivated. We knew if we won or tied, we'd get first."

Ceres High and crosstown-rival Central Valley battled to a 0-0 tie on April 27 at Bulldog Stadium.

The Bulldogs compiled a 2-0-1 record against the Hawks this season.

Ceres High fielded its first-ever varsity girls soccer team in the 1990s.

The Bulldogs will participate in the playoffs for just the second time this week.

"It's still hard to believe," Saldate said while talking about his team's success. "I'm very happy."